Developers of the $124 million Westin Hotel passed a key...

CITY/COUNTY DIGEST

August 21, 1998|By From staff reports

TOWSON — Developers of the $124 million Westin Hotel passed a key hurdle yesterday when the city Planning Commission approved the development plan for the project.

Construction of the 600-room hotel at 300 E. Pratt St. will create 1,750 construction jobs, 430 permanent hotel jobs and 227 "spinoff" jobs, and the hotel will generate more than $5 million a year in annual tax revenues, according to city planners.

The hotel will be privately funded. Construction is scheduled to begin by the end of the year and be completed by the end of 2000, according to developer Thomas Brodie of New York-based Schulweis Realty Co.

Passenger killed as car collides with tanker truck

An unidentified man was killed last night when a car and an oil tanker truck collided at an intersection in a heavily industrial section of southern Baltimore, police said.

They said the 1991 Dodge and the tanker truck, which was on its way to a Fairfield refinery, collided about 7: 45 p.m. at the intersection of East Patapsco Ave. and Fairfield Road. The vehicles' drivers were not injured, but a man sitting in the front passenger seat of the car was pronounced dead at the scene, police said.

The victim's identity was withheld pending notification of relatives, police said, adding that the accident is being investigated.

Community groups awarded NeighborGood grants

Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke, the Baltimore Office of Promotion, and TCI Communications of Baltimore, the city's cable television provider, recently awarded Baltimore NeighborGood Program grants to several community groups.

The cash grants in amounts up to $750 are given to organizations to fund activities such as festivals, fund-raisers, street fairs, concerts and parades.

NeighborGood program winners include: Coldspring Lane Improvement Association; Full Gospel Fellowship Church; Homewood Resident Council; and the Native American Economic Development and Advocacy Center. Information: 410-752-8632.

Pair convicted in slayings of 2 in Armistead Gardens

A Circuit Court jury convicted two men Wednesday of second-degree murder in the Nov. 26 slayings of two men in Armistead Gardens in Northeast Baltimore, the city state's attorney announced.

Judge Gary I. Strausberg set sentencing for Oct. 23 for Thoyt Dean "Sonny" Hackney, 22, of the 3200 block of E. Baltimore St. and Roland Thompson, 24, of the 3400 block of Chesterfield Ave.

Edward Demski, 40, of New Windsor in Carroll County and Eric Melzer, 27, of the 900 block of Armistead Way were fatally shot at Fowler and Spangler ways.

Young gardeners to sell goods at market Saturday

Children who have raised organic vegetables, herbs, flowers and other items as part of the Baltimore youth market gardens program this summer will sell their goods Saturday at the 32nd Street Farmers' Market.

The sale, sponsored by the Parks and People Foundation and the New Southwest Community Association, will be held from 7 a.m. to noon at the market in the 400 block of E. 32nd St. Produce will be donated by B & O Community Garden and Duncan Street Community Garden.

Information: 410-396-0712.

TOWSON -- In the latest move against the former Riverdale apartment complex in Middle River, the county has filed condemnation proceedings to take over the property's remaining 39 acres.

The petition, filed in Circuit Court against landlord Richard M. Schlesinger of Palm Beach, Fla., will allow the county to gain control of the property and set a fair purchase price. Many buildings of the 598-unit complex have been demolished through the use of $1.8 million in state funds.

Schlesinger is under grand jury investigation by the U.S. attorney's office in Maryland on allegations of money-laundering, bid-rigging and kickbacks. The federal government has also filed a $1 million civil suit against the developer, who says he is innocent.

Grasmick to open meeting for teachers this morning

DUNDALK

DUNDALK -- Maryland schools Superintendent Nancy S. Grasmick will speak to more than 400 Baltimore County career and technology education teachers this morning at Dundalk Community College's Community Center.

Grasmick's speech will mark the beginning of a professional development conference for the teachers. She will focus on the day's theme -- "Career and Technology Education: Making a Difference in Student Achievement."

More than 20,000 Baltimore County middle and high school students take a career and technology program each year in such areas as family studies, business education, technology education and Junior ROTC.

Pub Date: 8/21/98

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